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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:25

Medals for Sobell

Congratulations to members of the Sobell Judo Club, London, Sam Sampson & Zeynep Sun who took part in the BJA 'We Will Remember Them' tournament on Sunday 4th November 2018. Zenynep started the day in the U78kg category and took on a big pool, dispatching of each of her opponents - including a dan grade! - to take home a gold medal and add to her growing collection of first place commendations.

Sam Sampson was next in the well supported U81kg category and worked his way through the knockouts and into the semi final. Unfortunately, a loss at this stage put him into the repechage, however he was still determined and managed to win his next fight to secure 3rd place.

Well done to both of you for your results!

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Monday, 29 October 2018 11:45

October Randori Session

On Sunday 28th October the Sobell Judo Club and JFAUK celebrated world judo day, on the anniversary of Jigoro Kano’s birthday by hosting one of our regular Randori sessions at the Sobell Judo Club.

Consisting of 3 hours of judo gymnastics, movement exercises, superb judo and challenging strength and conditioning; the session truly gave each its participants a test of not only skill, but will and determination to see it through to the end.
The tatami was shared by judoka both young and old, novice and experience, giving every participant a varied practice that helped them to further their judo development.
Thank you to all who travelled to the dojo to take part in the session. Our next randori will be held at the end of November so keep your eyes on our page to find out when the date is announced. Video coming shortly.
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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:42

3rd Dan for Elena Del Pozo

An enormous congratulations goes to Elena Del Pozo who was recently awarded her 3rd Dan black belt. 
Last August at the JFAUK National Summer School, held in Worthing, Sussex, Elena was awarded her Sandan as a recognition of her ever-growing skill, technical excellence and holistic understanding of Judo as a martial art. Elena started at the Sobell in 2006 and has since continued to grow into one of our strongest and most knowledgeable judoka. An exemplary example to all, Elena has become a proficient coach, regularly taking our Primary classes as well as playing a key role in inducting our beginner judoka across all age classes. We are extremely proud that Elena’s judo skill has been recognised and we are extremely happy to see her receive a commendation of her life’s work in judo. Thank you for your dedication and thank you for being a role model to all, especially to all of our female students. Congratulations again. 
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Monday, 08 October 2018 18:01

Silver for Sam Charalambous!

A big congratulations to Sam Charalambous who took a silver medal at the BJA North West Area Open last Sunday. A great result, especially considering he was fighting up a weight category!

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:05

International Champions!

Amazing work from Sobell judoka at last weekends WJF Miyazaki International Cup in Greece.

Alexis Bardini came away with a silver medal in the men’s -75kg, Hannah Chesham took a gold in the ladies -70kg and a second gold in the ladies open, Sam Charalambous took a gold in the men’s -79kg and a Silver in the men’s open, and Sam Sampson took gold in the men’s -83kg.

Great work from the team supported by Sobell coaches Samuel Betu, WJF International Referee and Sampson Sampson, Chairman of WJF Referee Committee and vice chairman of the WJF technical committee.

Full write up from JFAUK:

Ross Elliot started the day and took the men’s -99kg category by storm, overcoming a large pool of Greek judoka before meeting a Bulgarian in the final. Ross kept his composure and came through the final with positive judo to take home the gold medal.

Alexis Bardini and Oli Relton were up next in the men’s -75kg category. The two started the category at opposite ends of the pool before eventually meeting in the final with Oli taking home the gold and Alexis taking silver.

Sam Charalambous took to the tatami next in the men’s -79kg, making a last minute decision to fight up a weight in order to avoid his team mates. Sam utilised beautiful technical judo before meeting a Greek dan grade and experienced Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the final. Sam represented judo well, proving once again that upright judo prevails and took home the gold for JFAUK.

Next, Sam Sampson returned to the men’s -83kg category for the first time since 2015. Sam too worked his way through his category before meeting a Greek judoka who was also an experienced Jiu Jitsu practitioner, deciding to take him to the ground and show the strength of JFAUK’s ne-waza by holding him down for ippon.

Hannah Chesham was representing the JFAUK girls today in the women’s -70kg category, managing to bring home the gold for JFAUK.

Unfortunately, Jason Baird in the veterans men’s -71kg had a difficult day, sustaining a head injury in the first round. He bravely fought on, however had to withdraw in his second fight after having problems with his eyesight.

To finish the day the open categories were held. Hannah Chesham bulldozed through her opponents to take home the gold.

Alexis Bardini, Sam Charalambous and Oli Relton entered the men’s open. Alexis unfortunately fell short in the first round to the Bulgarian coach. Sam Charalambous then took on a Bulgarian judoka with a weight advantage of 40kg. However, Sam was unfazed, threw him with a Wazari and later used shime-waza to collect the ippon win. Oli Relton stepped up next, again taking on a Greek judoka with a weight difference of 30kg, also using shime-waza to gain the ippon. Sam and Oli made the same progress in the rest of their fights before facing one another in the final. Oli gained the advantage this time and brought home his second gold of the day.

A superb display of judo by team JFAUK, congratulations to all!

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Congratulations to all of our judoka who took part in the London Open International on Sunday 4th March 2018. Sobell produced a superb display of judo and managed to come away with a huge medal haul!
Full write up from JFAUK
Congratulations to all who took part in the JFAUK London Open which took place on Sunday 4th March 2018. With judoka in attendance from many clubs and organisations across the U.K., Belgium and Denmark, this year marks the first time it has become an international event. With constant growth, this competition is surely cementing itself in many diaries as a must attend event each year.
We aim to continue to growing the event year on year to provide more judoka with a platform to further their competitive development and expose themselves to as many new opponents as possible - both domestic and international. With the recent closure of a number of events across the U.K. judo scene, including the recent closure of the prestigious Southend International, we hope that as this event grows, more judoka will consider this as a suitable alternative to events that once filled their yearly schedule.
Further to this, we are proud that numerous coaches, parents and judoka commented on how refreshing it was to see leg grabs, traditional techniques and a strong encouragement of ne-waza in competition! With comments like these, we are continually motivated that our provision of a traditional ruleset is not only justified, but welcomed by the judo community.
Thank you to all who took part in this event, especially all officials who made this event possible. We cannot wait for the next one.
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 22:09

6th Dan Promotions!

We are pleased to announce that three of our very own instructors have been promoted to 6th Dan. Farid Nemouchi, Bob Bushnell and Samuel Betu are now proud holders of a 6th Dan due to their ongoing contributions to judo. Full write up below.

We would also like to congratulate all of our other high grades (blue - brown belts) who were also recently promoted at the recent grading at Sobell Judo Club, and we congratulate you for demonstrating fantastic judo during your contests.

We would also like to congratulate Geert Engels on his promotion to 2nd dan. Geert has been a longstanding member of the judo community and has recently undertaken roles teaching the younger classes as well as roles as an event official and referee. Congratulations on passing your examination!

Full write up from JFAUK:

JFAUK is pleased to announce the promotions of two officers to 6th Dan. At the recent Dan grading hosted at the Sobell Judo Club, JFAUK President Sampson Sampson (8th Dan) awarded Bob Bushnell and Samuel Betu their grades of 6th Dan. Bob and Samuel have been students of judo for over 30 years and this promotion recognises their journey as judoka and their role as key members of the judo community.

Bob initially started judo in Hertfordshire before moving the Sobell Judo Club during its early years. Bob quickly became instrumental in the running of the Sobell Judo club and its service to the community, assisting with teaching of hundreds of judoka throughout the years as well as running countless events for the judo community as a whole. Bob has continuously been an integral piece of judo in the UK and more recently, across the globe as part of the WJF. Samuel Betu first began judo in Congo, and soon transitioned into a major competitor on the international circuit before becoming an individual focused on preserving traditional judo and inspiring young judoka across the globe.

Bob and Samuel have been undeniably fundamental to the success of JFAUK due to their countless hours of hard work both on and off the tatami. When JFAUK was first formed in 2010, Bob and Samuel played their roles as founding members by taking an active role in the establishment of the organisation, regularly travelling across Europe to meet and work with the officials of the World Judo Federation to cement JFAUK as the national governing body for traditional judo in the UK. The pair also tirelessly worked alongside the European high grades to establish the contest rules and policies that underpin what Judo For all UK and the World Judo Federation stand for.

Since then, both have been working continuously in the name of judo. Bob Bushnell has maintained his key role within the UK, keeping JFAUK running smoothly and helping to grow the organisation. Further to this, he has continued to serve the judo community through his services as a coach in the London and Hertfordshire areas. Samuel has continued his international duties, regularly travelling to WJF competitions to play his role as an international referee and member of the WJF Technical Committee as well as volunteering with the Kalithea drug rehabilitation program established by JFAGR in Greece, which uses Judo as a proactive tool in the rehabilitation of disadvantaged citizens.

This follows on from the recent promotion of JFAUK’s National Coach Farid Nemouchi, who was promoted to 6th dan at the JFAUK Worthing Summer School. Farid has been a student for close to 40 years and was a major international competitor during his career, however, is now a key part of the preservation of traditional judo. Farid has been a fundamental officer of JFAUK who has poured his heart and soul into the organisation since its founding. Farid has tirelessly travelled across the UK teaching, coaching and most importantly inspiring judoka all over the country, as well as playing a major role as a referee for all JFAUK events. Farid has continuously supported JFAUK and has played a key role in the growth of our competitive judoka and their ongoing accomplishments abroad. It can safely be said that without his input, our national team would have not been as successful as they are. Further to this, he has had a large role in supporting the technical committee, assisting to establish the JFAUK curriculum and overall technical excellence of the organisation.

JFAUK is an organisation that takes note of each and every one of its members, and ensures that every persons input is recognised and suitably rewarded. These promotions recognise the countless hours of hard work these officers have not only put into the organisation, but to judo as a martial art. Whilst much of this work is behind the scenes and goes unseen to the large majority of the public, we cannot think of more deserving judoka to receive these awards. Congratulations to Farid, Bob and Samuel and we thank you for your dedication to judo.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:07

London Randori

Well done to all who took part in the JFAUK London Randori session hosted at Sobell! The four hour session took place at our home in North London bringing together all members of JFAUK, as well as visitors from other organisations. All students thoroughly enjoyed testing themselves against others in a friendly tournament, providing perfect preparation for the upcoming JFAUK closed national championships.
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Saturday, 30 January 2016 18:28

Sobell Mini Mon Highlights [Video]

Congratulations to all the young primary judoka for taking part in the Sobell Mini Mon tournament. We certainly saw some fantastic ippon throws from the young stars! All the primaries have been working hard and this gave them an opportunity to express their judo in a friendly competitive enviorment.
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